Presentation Title

California Drought: Environmental Considerations in Water Supply and Infrastructure

Presenter Information

Joshua S. EbinerFollow

Faculty Mentor

None. Written for Panetta Institute's Congressional Internship Program

Start Date

18-11-2017 10:00 AM

End Date

18-11-2017 10:15 AM

Location

15-1814

Session

Social Science 4

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

In 2016, California experienced the tail-end of prolonged drought conditions which created severe water shortages throughout the state. Environmental laws and other regulatory compliances have further limited available water supplies. There are many stakeholders seeking legislative reforms including agricultural, environmental, industrial, recreational, and urban groups. The 114th Congress considered a variety of bills that aimed to address these issues by investing in and maintaining infrastructure, establishing disaster preparedness and response plans, and reforming environmental laws. This report explores the California drought, its effects on state water supplies, and current laws that affect water infrastructure projects and water distribution. The report also discusses the legislation proposed in the 114th Congress which aimed to provide relief to the stakeholders. Lastly, this report will discuss the importance of proactive bipartisanship in crafting legislation that addresses pressing water supply, regulation, and conservation issues. Although drought conditions in California have considerably improved over the last year, the underlying issues discussed in this report have not yet been fully resolved by legislators thus making California vulnerable to future drought conditions.

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Nov 18th, 10:00 AM Nov 18th, 10:15 AM

California Drought: Environmental Considerations in Water Supply and Infrastructure

15-1814

In 2016, California experienced the tail-end of prolonged drought conditions which created severe water shortages throughout the state. Environmental laws and other regulatory compliances have further limited available water supplies. There are many stakeholders seeking legislative reforms including agricultural, environmental, industrial, recreational, and urban groups. The 114th Congress considered a variety of bills that aimed to address these issues by investing in and maintaining infrastructure, establishing disaster preparedness and response plans, and reforming environmental laws. This report explores the California drought, its effects on state water supplies, and current laws that affect water infrastructure projects and water distribution. The report also discusses the legislation proposed in the 114th Congress which aimed to provide relief to the stakeholders. Lastly, this report will discuss the importance of proactive bipartisanship in crafting legislation that addresses pressing water supply, regulation, and conservation issues. Although drought conditions in California have considerably improved over the last year, the underlying issues discussed in this report have not yet been fully resolved by legislators thus making California vulnerable to future drought conditions.